I have a 16 year old son, 6 ft 2, 165 pounds. He's an intermediate to advanced skier who will ski any run on the mountain with me but is still trying to get better at the tougher blacks. I bought him his 1st pair of skis - a pair of Prophet Flites for his b'day and never even got the bindings mounted because he was put off by the twin tip, the fat midsection, lack of metal in the construction and apparently wasn't in love with the graphics either. The guys at the local ski shop, who will gladly take the unused skis & binding back, full refund, tried their best to conviince him that these are true all mountain skis and not intended for the park but at the end of the day the skis didn't float his boat.
I'm in need of recommendations on a ski for him. He definitely needs a do-anything ski because we live in PA so the ski has to be good on our groomed hard pack, crud and heavy man-made stuff but we take a vacation out west each year too so it needs to handle tree runs, bumps, real snow, etc. (Not too much to ask huh?) 3 other skis that have been recommended by the local shop are the Atomic Smoke Ti, the Volkl AC20 and the Salomon X-Wing 8. My price limit is $650 with bindings. Any suggestions?